Shimla: Former Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee president Kaul Singh Thakur yesterday brushed aside the chance of HPCC president Virbhadra Singh becoming the next Chief Minister stating that the party has taken principle stand that no leader with tainted image could be the candidate for CM’s post.
Without naming Mr. Virbhadra Singh, Mr Thakur said that any candidate who had been charged with corruption would not become the next chief minister of Himachal Pradesh. He said that Ms. Gandhi has been already stated it in the party platform emphatically that it would adopt ‘zero tolerance’ against the corruption in party.
Showing his strong resentment over the state party leadership, Mr. Thakur alleged that his own party leader had pitted the rebels against him to defeat him in the assembly election held on Nov 4, in the state.
Hoping that he would anyhow win retain his Darang seat from Mandi district for the sixth time again, Mr. Thakur boldly claimed that during his time in the office of HPCC he has done lot to ensure party victory in the state but unfortunately the petty politics being done by a party leader did not leave any stone unturned to ensure his defeat in the elections.
Mr. Thakur said that he quit the party leadership in the state as soon as he was asked by the UPA chairpersons Sonia Gandhi as he did not believe in the pressure tactics on the High command.
“When Sonia can leave the post of Prime Minister for sake of the Congress party why cannot Kaul Singh quit the HPCC post for the party,” Mr Thakur said that it was his immediate reply to Mrs. Gandhi when Mr. Singh demanded HPCC state top post ahead of state assembly election.
In a reply to a query, Mr. Thakur without giving entire credit to former Union Minister Virbhadra Singh for party’s performance in the recently concluded state assembly election said that entire party organization came forward in the recent election campaign united. It couldn’t happen overnight or within one month before the election without his continuous efforts to strengthen the part, he inferred.